Here’s some of the more interesting and insightful tweets today about revelations from Jarrod Gilbert about the role of the NZ police in suppressing his attempt to carry out research – see: The police have deemed me unfit to undertake crime research because I know criminals. The tweets are roughly in reverse chronological order (ie the most recent tweets are first), and some have been tidied up to remove repetitive URLs, mentions etc.
BREAKING Police announce they have disarmed a leftie thesis in Lambton Quay
Police media release on @JarrodGilbertNZ research access: Yeah, we did it. So what?
Dr @JarrodGilbertNZ's work is of considerable value to both police and policymakers. Why make it so hard for him to get info?
So @nzpolice can't be straight up with anyone who knows a criminal. Could explain their poor clearance rates.
Watching @nzpolice shoot themselves in the foot today, I'm glad they are not routinely armed
@JarrodGilbertNZ totally support what you do and the great work you have done - this decision is dumb, ignorant and stupid from Police.
This would be unbelievable if it wasn't so utterly believable.
Those in the Police hierarchy who came up with and approved such a policy have shown they're incompatible with democratic government.
The Police actions are contrary to the principles of open government and the Official Information Act and must cease immediately.
White Ribbon Day - NZ Police is REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED
If police don't back down on @JarrodGilbertNZ, perhaps we could all ask our Twitter followers to request their police files? Just a thought.
Prediction: somebody is going to smear @JarrodGilbertNZ real soon. He's going to get the Rashbrooke treatment.
I'm out of town about to present to a conference so largely offline but by goodness Twitter has been a comfort this morning. Thanks so much.
I meet with Jarrod occasionally, and often visit inmates in prison - making me an 'associate' and therefore dodgy?
Incredible column by @JarrodGilbertNZ
I see a fruitful vein of #OIA requests for any journalist who wants to ask them.
Which invites the question: how many other researchers have @nzpolice blacklisted, and what were they working on?
So instead of policy being shaped by the data, its shaped by what the police want. If data doesn't back their policy, @nzpolice will veto it
What's also disturbing about the @nzpolice censorship story is that they're censoring research for govt policy debate
Those who govern and manage the NZ Police should remember it is a PUBLIC SERVICE.
@JarrodGilbertNZ I assume Police will now stop providing information to Courts, Judges, Prisons probation officers etc on same basis??
This story needs shared far & wide. Outrageous assault on academic freedom, research, public discussion by the cops.
Dear @nzpolice every time you do this, it erodes your social licence to operate http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11550680 …
Omg New Zealand Police. In this and in dealing with sexual violence: DO BETTER.
This is an outrageous abuse of power
Ali Ikram Retweeted The Press Newsroom
Went to uni w Jarrod he was the only one of us who knew what he was doing. Trust him he's a doctor!
What are they hiding @JarrodGilbertNZ ?
Is this really happening in modern day N.Z!! Is it police or political interference??
I dont think even Muldoon would block academics to crime data given Muldoon worked to understand the plight of the gangs
Actually conservative Muldoon would have arse carded the Minister AND Commissioner pulling such a stunt
Honestly, what a complete load of cack this Police action is. It would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous.
This is unacceptable in a democracy, @nzpolice, shame on you.
This seems to suggest that @nzpolice don't like evidence, unless it's evidence they've created themselves.
This is a real concern! Are we moving to dictatorship?
This piece by @JarrodGilbertNZ on how police seek to control research is so bloody important. And terrifying.
I disagree with @JarrodGilbertNZ on a lot of things, but Police need reminding they work for us, not vice versa.
hey mr plod; "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" - right?
Its appalling & the implications reach far beyond @JarrodGilbertNZ to almost all areas of social research.
What's the bet @JarrodGilbertNZ gets access to the information today? Suspect there's a bit of scrambling going on in the background
Govt agencies have no right to question how official information will be used by requesters. It's undemocratic
The National govt make a mockery of the Official Information Act. They are possibly the most secretive govt we've had since 1981
@chrishipkins about time the State Services Commissioner pretended he had s backbone
nonsensical that in a democracy with a BOR Act that police would exert such control over academic freedom
Redacted police profile? At a guess - some of those you interviewed were probably being bugged http://bit.ly/21eteKY
I'm glad Twitter is really mad about academics being told the can only be the critic and conscience if it suits. I'm mad about it too.
That is the mark of a Fascist Police Force and Fascist State Mass sackings required starting at the top
This is outrageous.
@JarrodGilbertNZ 's experience of institutional constraints on publicly relevant research - critic & conscience?
Another day, another challenge to #CriticAndConscience or to public good research in NZ ...if the govt don't get it why would the police?
this govt has no regard for academic freedom. Ed act amendments (uni councils) demonstrated that
You don't need to have curfew and armed police on the streets to be a police state, as this shows
Have NZ police gone to the dark side? Crime researcher @JarrodGilbertNZ denied access to records
Thx @JarrodGilbertNZ for exposing the tip of a very large iceberg: chilling effect of govt control of research
Disgraceful censorship and control freakery.......good to go public @JarrodGilbertNZ
Now NZ Police are actively limiting free speech are we surprised after the events of the last seven years - stop this NOW
This is shocking behaviour by police. Unacceptable.
This is appalling censorship, bullying & abuse of power. Universities should jointly and vigorously oppose this.
This is outrageous.
@DavidSlack Everyone should be asking to see their police file.
Disturbing attempt to muzzle academics by NZ Police
This is serious.
This, @JarrodGilbertNZ, is frightening.
NZ Police attempting to control data access, academic research & threatening blacklisting?